Valencia's largest building is a three-story, 100,000 square foot $23 million facility that houses classes for the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Valencia students. Located on the West Campus, the building includes more than 40 classrooms, a state-of-the-art testing center, computer labs, study rooms, faculty offices and a cafe.
The lights, windows, roof and wall insulation and air conditioning system are energy efficient. The University Center is 28 percent more efficient than a conventional building, which results in about $35,000 in annual energy savings.
Solar panels installed on the roof provide 10 percent of the electricity that powers the building. The lights inside each room automatically adjust to the brightness needed to illuminate the room. Faucets use about 75 percent less water than conventional faucets, saving about a half-gallon of water with each use.
More than 600,000 pounds of construction waste were recycled instead of being sent to a landfill.
The ceiling tiles, floor tiles and carpets all contain recycled materials. The counter of the Little Bean Cafe is made up of shredded aluminum cans.